Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Questions About the Effectiveness of International Accreditation--An Examination of How Three International Universities Have or Have Not Benefitted from U.S. Accreditation
by Melkonian, Sharistan A., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2019, 102; 13899110
Abstract (Summary)

In higher education, globalizaton has resulted in an increase in the number of international institutions that have sought and earned U.S. accreditation. For decades, U.S. accreditation has been perceived as the gold standard in quality assurance in higher education. Some experts argue that “accreditation is fundamentally about a shift of power from educators to managers and bureaucrats” (Harvey, 2004). This qualitative study looks at the reasons that international institutions seek U.S. accreditation as well as the perceived benefits and challenges of U.S. accreditation from the perspective of international institutions that have sought and earned U.S. accreditation. This study is based first on the researcher’s own experience at an international institution and then on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with stakeholders at two additional institutions. Three international institutions posit that the benefits their institutions experience when seeking, earning, and maintaining U.S. accreditation far outweigh the challenges they face.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zemsky, Robert
Commitee: Eynon, Diane, Fogarty, Ellie
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education, Higher Education Administration
Keywords: Accreditation, Globalization, International accreditation, Internationalization
Publication Number: 13899110
ISBN: 9781085651639
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